One of the biggest shows from the Food Network paid a visit to Portland, OR, and on their food tour the infamous, Guy Fieri, and crew stopped into THE ORIGINAL to film and feature Executive Chef AJ Voytko and the entire OG crew for “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”. The experience was one for the books and there was not a dull moment for the entirety of the shoot.
The Original, a concept that is centered around comfort classics with a modern twist was the perfect platform for this ratings phenomenon of a show. Unlike other cooking programs on the Food Network, “DDD” focuses on local restaurants and diners that are doing scratch made, unique and above all delicious cuisine in a casual, family friendly setting. The OG showed Guy what we are all about.
Chef AJ shared his experience with the gregarious and louder than life food personality Guy Fieri and the filming process.
Q: Behind the scenes what was it like meeting Guy and the Food Network crew?
A: I didn’t get to meet Guy until we started filming. As soon as he walked in the kitchen, cameras came on, and away we went. There was no time to be nervous then. The whole crew was so awesome, so kind to everyone and had great pointers and comments for all of us.
Q: What was something that happened that you didn’t expect?
A: I don’t think that any of us were expecting to have Guy tell us that our chicken for “Our Chicken ‘N Waffles” was one of the best he’s eaten, if not the contender for top spot. WOW! What a compliment!
Q: Was there anything difficult about the filming process?
A: It was long days of cleaning the kitchen and restaurant and also the long days of shooting ‘B Roll’ …hours and hours of shooting to get 8 minutes of air time takes a lot out of you.
Q: How was cooking on camera in such a highly produced medium?
A: We didn’t have too much time in between shots. The production crew was on point so, once one scene was done, another was being set up. It was a very cool experience to shoot the show, and to watch it now, we can pick out the different scenes and how they were shot
Q: What signature dishes did they feature?
A: The two main dishes that were featured were the doughnut sliders and “Our Chicken ‘N Waffles”.
Q: Overall how do you think the experience was?
A: I think that the experience of shooting the show was awesome. The process that started in April, to shooting it at the end of August, to finally seeing it at the beginning of December was something that I don’t think any of us will forget. Guy was very cool to all of us. The whole production crew made us feel at ease. The crew we have here at The OG made it all possible. We should all be proud of the show.
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